The Eye of Osiris is an early example from the Dr. Thorndyke series of detective stories written by R. Austin Freeman. In these stories, the author drew on his extensive medical and scientific knowledge for his main character, a medico-legal expert who relies on forensic evidence and logical deduction in solving cases. In this case, Thorndyke steps in to investigate the disappearance of one John Bellingham, an English gentleman and amateur Egyptologist, who has vanished under very mysterious circumstances. Thorndyke's involvement in the case arises from a both purely professional interest in the unique character of the case, as well as from the fact that a young doctor and former student of his has recently become closely acquainted with the missing man's brother and niece. (summary by J.M. Smallheer)
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November 29, 2011 Subject:
A virtual page turner
This was an exciting mystery with lots of twists and turns, with a little love story thrown in for good measure. J. M. Smallheer is a fabulous narrator and her charming voice made the story even more enjoyable. Keep up the good work J.M.
This book was extremely enjoyable.The little touch of romance was nice, not too overdone, and the overall feel of the plot was good. Very very nice reader!! =) Keep going Smallheer!!
May 28, 2010 Subject:
Dr Thorndyke does it again
The Amazing Dr Thorndyke is confronted with another puzzling case in the Eye of Osiris. A man is missing, presumed dead, but his will is convoluted enough to make it seem like his fortune will go to the wrong person.
On top of this puzzler, a human skeleton has been found nearby, in section. The skeleton is odd, missing any bones that would identify whose skeleton it is. Is this the remains of the missing man? What will become of his heirs if the will can not be resolved? Give a listen and find out!
Reader is excellent, very easy to follow and understand. Thanks!
There is quite a bit of medical and scientific info in this story - and while that made it a bit ponderous at times, it was interesting and overall the book still moved at a good pace. The ending was a surprise, but believable. And of course, the mystery is woven around and through with a bit of romance, which was sweetly done. Overall, I thought it a well told romantic detective story.
J.M. Smalleer does an excellent job reading this solo project for Librivox. Her character voices are not overdone and really add to the narrative.